The World Series of Darts Oceanic legs entrants concluded over the weekend at the Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club as three positions in Melbourne and Brisbane and the final position for Hamilton were filled.
Robbie King, Tim Pusey and Mick Lacey took out qualification for the Melbourne Darts Masters.
Former multiple World Youth Championship entrant Robbie King will make his debut on the World Series stage at the Melbourne Darts Masters after defeating Raymond O’Donnell (an entrant for Melbourne 2018) 6-1 in the final of qualifier one.
“I am super stoked to have qualified. I have been trying to qualify for a number of years now so to make it is amazing.”
King has had to take time off to fight some personal battles but this year has seen him make a very successful return to the oche, this result coming off the back of success on the Harrows DPA Pro Tour.
“I am looking forward to having a crack at the big boys. Having had a year off I have come back really excited this year and this is an amazing feeling. I have enjoyed some success this season and I am ready for the challenge of the big stage.”
He will be joined in the event by Team Misfits team mate Tim Pusey who qualified for back to back Melbourne Darts Masters after defeating Koha Kokiri 6-2 in the final of the second qualification event. For Pusey it was a return to the form that put him in the upper echelons of the Pro Tour last year.
“I can’t wait. I did not want to stop playing last year and had a pretty rough start this year so this is a feeling I can’t explain, I can’t put it into words.”
Pusey played in all three World Series events downunder last year so feels that he will be more prepared this time around.
“I know what to expect this time around and I will put a lot more practice in. This is a real buzz and I am already looking forward to being back on the big stage in Melbourne.”
The final position went to Team Rebel’s Mick Lacey as the Lone Wolf defeated Koha Kokiri 6-3 in the last qualifying final. Lacey’s consistency throughout the season had been impressive and it was a great confirmation of the ability that he possesses at the oche.
“For me this has been years in the making and a culmination of the success I have had this year.”
He was particularly pleased to be able to support his support network.
“This is a great achievement but more so it is a reward more for my wife, kids and parents. My parents have been involved in darts for years and my whole family have been a great support for my career. I am glad they now get to see me on the big stage. All the members of Team Rebel have been a great support as well and I am just over the moon to have this opportunity to reward all those who have got me here.”
The full field in Melbourne consists of Kyle Anderson, James Bailey, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta, Robbie King, Mick Lacey, Haupai Puha, and Tim Pusey on the local side. The PDC side of the draw consists of Gary Anderson, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, and Peter Wright.
Haupai Puha, Koha Kokiri and Brendon McCausland have secured the final positions at the Brisbane Darts Masters.
The opening qualifier for the Brisbane Darts Masters was won by Haupai Puha who won the Final 6-4 over David Platt to qualify for his third World Series event for 2019 (having already qualified for Melbourne and Hamilton.)
Puha had just come off success in the World Cup with Cody Harris for Team NZ and victory in DPNZ qualifiers so was pleased such a long period away from home was over.
“It has not sunk in yet. I came over here to do the business and I have done it. It has been a long month in darts for me so to qualify for my third event is exciting.”
Puha’s aim is to help encourage the next generation of darts players in New Zealand to get involved in the sport.
“Hopefully this inspires other young Kiwi darts players to reach for their goals. I look forward to playing such prestigious events.”
The second qualifier for Brisbane was won by Puha’s Team Kiwi DPNZ DPA compatriot Koha Kokiri. Kokiri had shaken off his loss in the final of the Melbourne qualifier earlier in the day to take down 2018 World Youth Championship entrant Ryan Lynch by six legs to two.
For Kokiri it is the fourth time on the World Series stage having played at the Perth Darts Masters in 2016 and 2017 and the Melbourne Darts Masters in its inaugural event (2017.)
“I am excited to be back on the big stage once more. It has been a very busy day for me but to win tonight after the disappointment of earlier in the day is brilliant.”
“I wont change anything from what I have done in the past on the big stage because I know I have the game to be able to compete.”
The last spot was taken up by Team Misfits’ Brendon McCausland, who defeated team mate Tim Pusey in the final qualifier by six legs to three.
For McCausland it capped up off a meteoric return to the game.
“I came back into the game this year and aimed to qualify for TV so I have achieved my ambition. I am looking forward to being able to take my dad to the event and let him watch me against the overseas professionals as he loves the game as much as I do.”
He has strong ties with Australia’s number one player, and is looking forward to perhaps getting drawn against him in Brisbane.
“It would be a buzz to play Simon Whitlock at the event as we have a long history as playing and practice partners. “
The full field in Brisbane consists of Kyle Anderson, James Bailey, Corey Cadby, Damon Heta, Koha Kokiri, Brendon McCausland, Haupai Puha, and Ben Robb on the local side. The PDC side of the draw consists of Gary Anderson, Rob Cross, Daryl Gurney, Raymond van Barneveld, Michael van Gerwen, Mick Lacey, James Wade, Simon Whitlock, and Peter Wright.
World Series of Darts Oceanic Qualifiers 2019 Finalised